Ibom Air, a Nigerian airline, has announced that the delivery of its first Airbus A220 has been delayed.
The airline had originally leased two A220-300s from EgyptAir for a year starting in June 2021, but after operating the planes for a few months, decided to purchase ten of its own from Airbus.
The first delivery was scheduled for Q1 2023 but has been delayed due to production issues.
The airline now expects the first plane to be delivered in the second half of the year and plans to have all ten planes by the end of 2025.
“We are certain that one aircraft will be delivered this year and two next year,” said an airline spokeswoman.
To bridge the wait time, the airline rented two A320-200s from Getjet and currently operates five Bombardier CRJ 900s.
The domestic destinations of Abuja, Calabar, Enugu, Lagos, Port Harcourt and the Uyo base are currently on the flight schedule of the airline, which is owned by the state of Akwa Ibom.